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Caladbolg (also known as Caladcholg)


In Irish mythology, Caladbolg ("hard belly") is the two-handed sword of Fergus mac Roich featured in the central epic of the Ulster Cycle. In The Cattle Raid of Cooley, Conchobar mac Nessa sought out Fergus on the battlefield. Conchobar used his gold bordered shield Ochain to deflect some of the blows from the Caladbolg, but finally found himself at the mercy of Fergus. Cormac Cond Longas pleaded with his master Fergus not to kill his biological father Conchobar, and Fergus instead swung high, slicing off the tops of three hills.

It is believed that stories of the Caladbolg were the source of the Welsh sword Caledfwlch which was in turn translated into Caliburn, and finally Excalibur.

Arthurian, Ireland, Mythology, Sword, Weapon


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